The wild beast that is Paradise Lost was spawned from a vision of Brut33 and Mysterio while journeying across the Kurnell sand dunes towards an outdoor dance party. They dreamed of establishing an institution that could fulfill their passion for unbridled dance energy and higher-level consciousness. Early outings were held in backstreet bars and basements around Sydney. After discovering veteran James Bucknell at a Redfern warehouse party, the collective hosted some of New York’s finest contemporary underground DJs. With the concurrent addition of JMS, Mad Mike Masters, Mikey Miutante and Harry Sounds, the crew set out on a misson of discovery for underutilised industrial and obscure spaces around the Sydney inner-city. By 2008 Paradise Lost had well and truly established itself as a favourite with dedicated dancers who had lost interest in the direction of the mainstream club scene. The evolution of Paradise Lost has seen it become infamous for uncovering undiscovered and forgotten private spaces. It constitutes just one longstanding driving force for underground dance music in Sydney and the emergence of a growing number of DIY warehouse dance parties in our harbour city. This is and always will be with a respectful nod to the influence of the Sydney rave, queer and artistic co-operative movements.
Mysterio – co-founder of Paradise Lost and part of the Loin Brothers.
James Bucknell plays old dance music from New York, Detroit and Chicago, including disco, electro, acid, techno and early house. His passion started on the dance floor at new wave, punk and gay parties in Sydney in the early 1980s. He began DJing in New York City in the early nineties, playing warehouse parties and club nights in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Bang the Party at Frank’s Lounge. In 2002 he relocated to Sydney where his love for the dance music of the 70s and 80s brought him into the Paradise Lost fold. His website is at www.jbucknell.com and a blog is at jamesbucknell.blogspot.com. Contact James
JMS has spent 10 years listening to and collecting disco, boogie, funk, early house and techno records in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, LA, Miami, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Australia. He has also worked for many years in distribution and as a private seller of early chicago house and disco and enjoys putting on Paradise Lost for a good time. Contact JMS
Harry Sounds is a warrior of the Sydney underground dance music scene. Inspired by the rhythmic intensity of afro dance music, he plays music spanning disco, synth boogie, italo and house. Sounds is a true party pilgrim and dance devotee. Uncompromised and deeply synthesised you just can’t hold this man down. Harry Sounds kicks out the jazz funk boogie disco jams Friday nights on Boogie Dance Cafe Eastside Radio (89.7FM).
Mr Webster was born to sea-faring gypsies who followed the trade winds about the Malacca Straits. His early prowess with the endang– a type of Malaysian drum – saw him travel to the UN in New York in the late 1970s where he performed for, amongst others, former American President Jimmy Carter (who emphatically praised his performance as “interesting”). He stayed on there, and in the early 80s became obsessed with disco and early electronic-inspired dance sounds – joining seminal American breakdance crew ‘Space Dance Boogooloo’ in 1983, and appearing on MTV’s Rewind show. He also appeared as an alien extra in American cult film classic, They Live. After breaking his leg in a serious dancing accident, he went to work in the production studio, where he produced many early proto-house cuts. (If you look at the etchings of any early pressings, you will see the initials ‘M.W.’ scratched on the inner ring.) In 2011, he retired to the warmth of Sydney where he produces his own line of coffee beans, operates a dog grooming business, and co-hosts the Boogie Dance Cafe radio show on Eastside Radio (89.7FM) every Friday night (pumping out disco, boogie, early house, afrobeat and jazzfunk sweets).
Manky was 15 before he first saw the sun, due to being born in the north of England. But the first pale ineffectual rays awoke a yearning in him that could only be treated by going to modern soul clubs held in obscure pubs on major traffic junctions. His love of disco was formed when he watched Can’t Stop The Music and thought it was a documentary. After much beer and dancing, he moved to Australia, which despite the efforts of all his mates agreed to let him in. He is obsessed by red wine, AFL, buying soul and disco vinyl, and planning trips to see Aretha Franklin live without ever buying the tickets. You can hear him speak in his impenetrable northern accent on the Boogie Dance Café on Sydney’s Eastside radio at 89.7FM most Fridays from 11pm-12.30am. His favourite words are brouhaha and fook.
Long John Saliva swoop crow activist. Part of the Loin Brothers.
HONORARY PAST MEMBERS
Brut33 – Co-founder of Paradise Lost.